Roadworks lead to new course and new challenges
Due to unscheduled road works, the regular Parklands course was too dangerous to race. So a new course was devised using most of the regular course with hotdog turns at either end. Removing the dangerous section, but including the short climb loved by some riders and hated by others twice per lap. The climbing had an impact on all races.
The juniors were away first and the hilly course quickly broke the riders apart, with Samuel Traianedes first, Jake Brown second and Grayson Renn third.
E grade saw John Chalmers used the climbs to his advantage, when attacked on the second of two laps and stayed away with win comfortably from Joshua Brown second and Phil Edwards third.
In D grade Anthony Ellison attacked on the first climb on the on the third lap and stayed away to the end. With Connor Leahy second and Leanne Hoffman third in the sprint for minor placings.
C grade, was a carbon copy of D grade, with Paul Kerby attacking in exactly the same spot on the third lap and staying away to take the win. With Nigel Stella and Andrew Brown taking the minor places in a bunch sprint.
A and B grades were combined, due to the lack of numbers in A grade. The race was very entertaining. With a number of B grade riders attacking, often on the climb and getting a small gap. One A grade rider would attempt to exploit the situation and bridge across to the leaders. Only to be chased down by another A grade rider who would drag the bunch with them. In the end it was a bunch sprint with Adam Wise winning A grade comfortably from Luke Matthews with Mikey Hoskins third. The B grade sprint was much closer, with newly promoted John Bouwknegt first, Mimmo Gerace second and Darren Freeman third.
Racing returns to the Motorplex next week. For more information about the races and full race results, visit the Peel District Cycling Club web site pdcc.asn.au